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Faculty and Friends Concert Series Begins Aug. 29

The Department of Music's 2016-17 Faculty and Friends Concert Series opens on Monday, Aug. 29, with a tribute to the great jazz saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker.

Performed by the Faculty Jazz Quintet on "Bird's" birthday, the program showcases some of bebop’s best-known tunes, including "Parker’s Mood," "Shaw Nuff" and "Relaxin’ at Camarillo," as well as jazz standards that Parker’s brilliance made his own – "Cherokee," "Donna Lee" and "Embraceable You."

The Faculty Jazz Quintet features Will Campbell on saxophone, Mike Hackett on trumpet, Noel Freidline on piano, Ron Brendle on bass and Rick Dior on drums. The concert will be at 7:30 PM in the Rowe Arts Building, Recital Hall. Tickets are $10; $8 for UNC Charlotte faculty, staff, alumni and all students.

Ranis' Work Part of USA Today's 'Must-see' Exhibits

Work by Associate Professor of Art Marek Ranis is part of an international exhibition in the Anchorage Museum in Alaska. The contemporary art exhibition "View From Up Here: The Arctic at the Center of the World" presents photographs, film, installations and sculpture by 14 artists who come from Canada, Europe and the United States. It was named by USA Today as one of the 12 "must-see" exhibits of the summer.

Ranis contributed "Like Shishmaref," a 16-minute film that juxtaposes video of the eroded coasts of the Alaskan Inupiaq village of Shishmaref and the North Carolina Outer Banks.

"Like Shishmaref" is the most recent creative work in Arctic Utopia; it is a collaborative project with the Alaskan poet Joan Naviyuk Kane that includes a multimedia installation, the film and a play.